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Louis Gossett Jr

Highest Rated:   100% A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Lowest Rated:   0% Cover (2007)
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Birthplace:   Brooklyn, New York, USA
Louis Gossett Jr. ranks as one of the most respected African-American actors of stage, screen, and television. Tall, lanky, and bald-pated, Gossett was a basketball player in high school until a leg injury benched him and his interest turned toward acting. In 1953, at the age of 17, Gossett made his Broadway debut in Take a Giant Step, and ended up with a Donaldson Award for the year's best newcomer. Though working steadily on stage and television, Gossett was still interested in basketball. The New York Knicks drafted him out of college in 1958 and he played with them briefly before returning to performing. In 1961, Gossett reprised on film the role he played in the theatrical production of A Raisin in the Sun. It was a well-regarded beginning, and he continued to appear on stage and television, and beginning in 1967, the occasional feature film or television movie. During this early period, he also occasionally sang in nightclubs. Gossett did not become a bona fide star until his Emmy-winning performance in the landmark television miniseries Roots (1977). His career picked up considerably after that. In 1982, Gossett earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing a deceptively heartless drill sergeant in An Officer and a Gentleman. That same year, he also starred in another television series as the wise mentor to an alien prince in The Powers of Matthew Star (1982-1983). After the success of An Officer and a Gentleman, Gossett reprised his roll as the tough sergeant, albeit using different character names, in several films, including the Iron Eagle series, The Punisher (1989), and others. But though he makes an excellent rough guy, Gossett has showed a willingness to let his softer side show through in such made-for-TV movies as Sudie and Simpson (1990).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet King of the Dancehall
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Reason
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Boiling Pot
  • Detective Haven
2015
No Score Yet Pride of Lions (The Dependables)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet A Fighting Man
  • Cubby
2013
No Score Yet The Undershepherd
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Smitty
  • Mr. Smith
2012
No Score Yet Bring Your 'A' Game
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet The Home
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Dog Jack
  • Jed
2011
35% The Grace Card
  • George Wright
2011
No Score Yet The Lamp
  • Actor
2011
57% The Perfect Game
  • Cool Papa Bell
2010
26% Why Did I Get Married Too
  • Porter
2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2010
No Score Yet Shannon's Rainbow
  • Max
2009
No Score Yet The Least Among You
  • Samuel Benton
2009
No Score Yet Buttermilk Sky
  • Actor
2009
12% Delgo
  • King Zahn
2008
No Score Yet The Black List: Volume One
  • Actor
2008
0% Cover
  • Detective Hicks
2007
No Score Yet All In
  • Caps
2007
26% Daddy's Little Girls
  • Willie
2007
No Score Yet Louis Gossett Jr. - History and Heritage
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet African Footprint
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet All In
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Left Behind: World at War
  • President Gerald Fitzhugh
2005
71% Lackawanna Blues
  • Old Lem Taylor
2005
No Score Yet Solar Attack
  • President of the US
2005
No Score Yet Unspoken Truth
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Momentum
  • Addison
2003
No Score Yet Jasper, Texas
  • R.C. Horn
2003
No Score Yet Momentum
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Broadway Theatre Archive - Freeman
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Deceived
  • Col. David Garrett
2002
No Score Yet What About Your Friends: Weekend Get-Away
  • Dr. Barnes
2002
No Score Yet Terminal Countdown
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Inspectors 2: A Shred of Evidence
  • Frank Hughes
  • Executive Producer
2000
No Score Yet The Highwayman
  • Phil Bishop
2000
No Score Yet Dr. Lucille
  • David Mulera
2000
No Score Yet Love Songs
  • Director
  • Reuben
1999
40% Travels With My Aunt
  • Zachary Nicknamed 'Wordsworth'
1999
No Score Yet Terminal Countdown
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Strange Justice
  • Vernon Jordan
1999
No Score Yet The Inspectors
  • Frank Hughes
  • Executive Producer
1998
No Score Yet Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy
  • Corbeck
1998
No Score Yet In His Father's Shoes
  • Executive Producer
  • Frank/Richard Crosby
1997
No Score Yet The Wall That Heals
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood
  • Narrator
1997
No Score Yet Inside
  • Executive Producer
  • Questioner
1996
No Score Yet Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story
  • Bob Kersee
1996
No Score Yet Managua
  • Producer
  • Paul
1996
No Score Yet Run for the Dream
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Harlem Globetrotters: 6 Decades of Magic
  • Host
1996
No Score Yet Iron Eagle IV (Iron Eagle on the Attack)
  • Charles
1995
No Score Yet Zooman
  • Rueben Tate
1995
No Score Yet Flashfire
  • Ben Durand
1994
11% A Good Man in Africa
  • Prof. Sam Adekunle
1994
No Score Yet Curse of the Starving Class
  • Ellis
1994
37% Blue Chips
  • Father Dawkins
1994
No Score Yet High Lonesome
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet On the Streets of L.A.
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Monolith
  • Capt. MacCandless
1993
No Score Yet Goodbye, Miss 4th of July
  • Actor
1993
54% Diggstown
  • Honey Roy Palmer
1992
0% Aces: Iron Eagle III
  • Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
1992
No Score Yet Sadat
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Carolina Skeletons
  • James Bragg
1992
No Score Yet Keeper of the City
  • Jim
1992
36% Toy Soldiers
  • Dean Parker
1991
No Score Yet Cover-Up
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Gathering of Old Men
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Father & Son: Dangerous Relations
  • Leonard Clay
1991
No Score Yet Sudie and Simpson
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet El Diablo
  • Van Leek
1990
No Score Yet The Josephine Baker Story
  • Sidney Williams
1990
No Score Yet Cover Up
  • Lou Jackson
1990
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • Actor
1990
28% The Punisher
  • Jake Berkowitz
1989
No Score Yet Straight Up
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Roots: The Gift
  • Fiddler
1988
No Score Yet Iron Eagle II
  • Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
1988
No Score Yet The Father Clements Story
  • Father Clements
1987
50% The Principal
  • Jake
1987
No Score Yet A Gathering of Old Men (Murder on the Bayou)
  • Mathu
1987
0% Firewalker
  • Leo Porter
1986
No Score Yet Iron Eagle
  • Col. Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
1986
59% Enemy Mine
  • Jeriba `Jerry' Shigan
1985
No Score Yet The Guardian
  • John Mack
1984
No Score Yet Finders Keepers
  • Century
1984
11% Jaws 3
  • Calvin
1983
No Score Yet Sadat
  • Actor
1983
81% An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Sgt. Emil Foley
1982
No Score Yet Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige
  • Leroy `Satchel' Paige
1981
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Lazarus Syndrome
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Roots: One Year Later
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet He Who Walks Alone
  • Actor
1978
50% The Choirboys
  • Calvin Motts
1977
36% The Deep
  • Henri Cloche
1977
No Score Yet Little Ladies of the Night
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet The River Niger
  • Dr. Dudley Stanton
1976
No Score Yet J.D.'s Revenge
  • Rev. Elija Bliss
1976
No Score Yet Sidekicks
  • Jason
1974
No Score Yet It's Good to Be Alive
  • Sam Brockington
1974
No Score Yet The White Dawn
  • Portagee
1974
58% The Laughing Policeman
  • James Larrimore
1973
No Score Yet Skin Game
  • Jason
1971
No Score Yet Leo the Last
  • Actor
1970
92% The Landlord
  • Copee
1970
No Score Yet Bushbaby
  • Tembo
1970
100% A Raisin in the Sun
  • George Murchison
1961

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
100% The Book of Negroes
2015
  • Daddy Moses
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Henry Hill
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Lloyd
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Oscar Boneau
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Father Laurent Vasseur
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
76% Extant
2014-2015
  • Quinn

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